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Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience

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#1
Ellen M Carpenter, Deborah B Henken
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2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30254548/integrating-addiction-into-the-neuroscience-curriculum
#2
T Celeste Napier
Addiction is a relevant and fascinating topic that can be readily taught within undergraduate neuroscience curricula. Modern research has afforded tremendous insights into the neuroscience of addictions, including substance use disorders, behavioral addictions, and disorders of impulse control and compulsivity. Building on the neuroscience of plasticity associated with learning and memory, we now understand a great deal about the temporal and spatial progression of these disorders in adult and developing brains...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30254547/this-is-not-your-grandmother-s-faculty-development-program
#3
Kelly M Mack
For decades, our nation has called upon higher education to create a more competitively-trained and diverse STEM workforce. While recent efforts to improve undergraduate STEM education have been successful, they have largely focused on "fixing" students and been devoid of the kind of effort needed to build institutional change capacity, moderate STEM departmental climate, and/or provide professional development for faculty. As a result, U. S. global preeminence in science and technology remains threatened, and the prevailing systems of oppression that continue to marginalize students from underrepresented groups remain intact...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30254546/probing-synaptic-transmission-and-behavior-in-drosophila-with-optogenetics-a-laboratory-exercise
#4
Ilya Vilinsky, Karen L Hibbard, Bruce R Johnson, David L Deitcher
Optogenetics is possibly the most revolutionary advance in neuroscience research techniques within the last decade. Here, we describe lab modules, presented at a workshop for undergraduate neuroscience educators, using optogenetic control of neurons in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster . Drosophila is a genetically accessible model system that combines behavioral and neurophysiological complexity, ease of use, and high research relevance. One lab module utilized two transgenic Drosophila strains, each activating specific circuits underlying startle behavior and backwards locomotion, respectively...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30254545/muscle-spindles-and-our-sense-of-physical-self-kinesthetic-illusions-of-limb-position-and-posture
#5
Bethany Schiller, Wes Colgan, Brandon Calderon, Bruce R Johnson
This article describes three simple activities we presented at the 2017 FUN Faculty Workshop at Dominican University that demonstrate how proprioceptive information contributes to our mental image of physical self, and how artificially altering this information creates kinesthetic illusions. We focus on the muscle spindle contribution to limb positional sense and standing postural maintenance. We use a percussion stimulator to vibrate muscle spindles in several muscle groups, causing an artificially incorrect message to the CNS that a muscle has lengthened...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30254544/reducing-the-cost-of-electrophysiology-in-the-teaching-laboratory
#6
Robert A Wyttenbach, Bruce R Johnson, Ronald R Hoy
Electrophysiology is a fundamental part of neuroscience and there are many published laboratory exercises suitable for undergraduates. However, the cost of equipping a lab is often a barrier to implementing these exercises. In this paper, we outline lab needs, suggest strategies for building a lab incrementally by adding equipment as budgets permit, and suggest specific areas for cost-cutting. We also point out instances in which it makes most sense to purchase or borrow research-grade equipment. A linked Google document lists specific items, prices, and purchase links...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30254543/expanding-collaborations-between-the-neuroscience-training-committee-of-the-society-for-neuroscience-and-the-faculty-for-undergraduate-neuroscience
#7
Gary L Dunbar, Laura Symonds
At the FUN workshop at Dominican University in July 2017, we presented a session on activities of the Neuroscience Training Committee (NTC) of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). We focused on activities that pertain to undergraduate neuroscience education and how NTC could help the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) achieve its goals and objectives in the coming years. We outlined a brief history of how FUN became involved with the Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs, one of the parent organizations from which the current NTC evolved...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30254542/building-an-inclusive-classroom
#8
Marsha R Penner
Over the past two decades, a growing body of work has focused attention on the need for change in science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) undergraduate education in order to broaden the participation and retention of a more diverse population of students. Increasing course structure and the use of active learning strategies are two of the ways that educators have successfully created more inclusive classrooms. This growing body of work makes it possible to adopt pedagogies based on the evidence that these strategies are effective for all of our students, and that they can help us close the achievement gap for underrepresented populations of students...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30254541/the-allen-brain-atlas-as-a-resource-for-teaching-undergraduate-neuroscience
#9
Terri L Gilbert
The open science movement has resulted in a growing field of data- and tool-sharing platforms that serve as a resource not only for sharing data and results in the field of brain science but has allowed students and researchers to learn neuroscientific skills and concepts. For over a decade, the Allen Institute for Brain Science has been meticulously collecting high quality data mapping gene expression, connectivity and, more recently, functional data from the brains of mice, macaques and humans. These open data have been paired with unique navigation and visualization tools such that the neuroscience researcher can explore, utilize and even incorporate these data into their publications...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30254540/a-discussion-of-diversity-and-inclusivity-at-the-institutional-level-the-need-for-a-strategic-plan
#10
Veronica G Martinez-Acosta, Carlita B Favero
A wider discussion is taking place nationally regarding how universities can make 'real' change in the old way of academic business. These changes include a hard look at the inclusive nature of the institutional environment as a whole. Lack of diversity is most noticeable within higher administrative levels of universities across the country. We have now reached a point where true reflection and assessment of inclusive practices on our campuses must be carried out so that we fully serve the needs of all of our students...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30254539/the-new-blueprints-undergraduate-neuroscience-education-in-the-twenty-first-century
#11
Eric P Wiertelak, Jean Hardwick, Michael Kerchner, Karen Parfitt, Julio J Ramirez
The Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) has mounted many summer workshops since its first in 1995 held at Davidson College. An important outcome of the 1995 workshop was the development of four "blueprints" to help guide institutions in developing and maintaining undergraduate programs in neuroscience. Since then, at approximately ten-year intervals, participants at the FUN workshops have revisited and amended the Blueprints to better reflect best practices in undergraduate neuroscience education, including adding a fifth blueprint in 2005...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30254538/using-online-images-to-teach-quantitative-skills-via-comparative-neuroanatomy-applying-the-directives-of-vision-and-change
#12
William Grisham, Sarah Greta, Anthony Burre, William Tomita, Dalar Rostamian, Natalie Schottler, Jennifer L Krull
Vision and Change calls for increasing the quantitative skills of biology majors, which includes neuroscience majors. Accordingly, we have devised a module to give students practice at regression analyses, covariance, and ANOVA. This module consists of a quantitative comparative neuroanatomy lab in which students explore the size of the hippocampus relative to the brain in 62 different mammalian species-from an anteater to a zebu. We utilize a digital image library (with appropriate metadata) allowing students to quantify the size of the hippocampus as well as obtain an index of the size of the brain in these various species...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30254537/neurobytes-electronic-neuron-simulators-and-the-2017-fun-summer-workshop
#13
Joseph R Burdo
During the 2017 FUN Summer Workshop held at Dominican University, we ran two sessions that allowed participants to build their own neural circuits with NeuroBytes electronic neurons. Here we briefly detail those sessions and discuss further the updates to the NeuroBytes technology since our last article was published in the Spring 2017 issue of JUNE .
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30254536/demonstrating-connections-between-neuron-signaling-and-behavior-using-c-elegans-learning-assays-and-optogenetics-in-a-laboratory-class
#14
Jacqueline K Rose
Due to its well-described neural circuitry and identified connectome, the Caenorhabditis elegans model is well-suited for demonstrating connections between neuron signaling and behavioral outcome. In the 2017 FUN workshop at Dominican University, three behavior-based techniques were introduced for their ease of introduction to students, the flexible data collection options they offer and the inexpensive cost to implement in an education setting. These behavioral assays were adapted to address some of the challenges of performing C...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30254535/specific-aims-workshop-your-grant-in-a-sound-bite
#15
Dorothy A Kozlowski, Jacqueline K Rose
Grant writing is an essential component of research. In an increasingly competitive funding environment, writing successful grants has become an important focus of workshops and websites with each grant proposal component requiring detailed attention. The FUN 2017 Workshop session "Specific Aims: Your Grant in a Sound Bite" was dedicated to provide information and guidance in constructing and composing a Specific Aims document. This workshop drew on the presenters' collective combination of grant experience ranging from successful submissions to serving as grant reviewers...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30254534/-doing-the-reading-what-neuroscience-instructors-should-know-about-reading-compliance-and-comprehension-in-college
#16
Jodi Cressman
Many neuroscience faculty assign readings from the textbook or primary literature to their students. What can we learn from research about how many of the students actually "do" the reading and, of those who do it, comprehend what they read? This article presents findings from studies on college student compliance with and comprehension of assigned readings and offers research-based strategies for motivating students to complete the readings in ways that promote deep learning. Faculty are encouraged not only to ask about the role that reading plays in undergraduate learning, but also the role that they themselves play in developing college student reading proficiencies...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30254533/recording-emg-signals-on-a-computer-sound-card
#17
Kevin M Crisp
For a few dollars and in a few minutes, a simple circuit can be built to permit a cheap external sound card and a laptop computer to be used as a portable data acquisition system for recording EMG. The circuit uses a common audio amplifier integrated circuit to increase the gain of the EMG signals recorded from EMG surface electrodes and to match the impedance of the electrode-skin interface with the input impedance of the sound card. Data can be recorded using open source sound editing software and analyzed offline using simple Python code...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30254532/demystifying-graduate-school-navigating-a-phd-in-neuroscience-and-beyond
#18
Linda K McLoon, A David Redish
The decision to apply to a PhD-granting graduate program is both exciting and daunting. Understanding what graduate programs look for in an applicant will increase the chance of successful admission into a PhD program. It is also helpful for an applicant to understand what graduate training will look like once they matriculate into a PhD program to ensure they select programs that will help them reach their career objectives. This article focuses specifically on PhD programs in neuroscience, and while we use our program, the Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota, as an example, most of what we describe is applicable to biomedical graduate programs generally...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30254531/open-source-software-tools-for-teaching-neuroscience
#19
Benjamin Latimer, David Bergin, Vinay Guntu, David Schulz, Satish Nair
We developed an interdisciplinary course in computational neuroscience to address the need for students trained in both biological/psychological and quantitative sciences. Increasingly, exposure to advanced math and physics is important to stay on the cutting edge of developments and research in neuroscience. Additionally, the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams will continue to be an asset as the field develops. This course brings together students from biology, psychology, biochemistry, engineering, physics, and mathematics...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30254530/cartoon-network-update-new-features-for-exploring-of-neural-circuits
#20
Robert J Calin-Jageman
Cartoon Network is an open-source simulator for neural circuits. It allows students to playfully explore the remarkable complexity that emerges from networks of interacting neurons. This brief report describes four new features that have been added to Cartoon Network: 1) the ability to save and load different networks, 2) the addition of bursting neurons, and 3) new accelerometer inputs for the Finch robot. In addition, new data from the National Institute of Teaching Psychology is reported showing that psychology faculty report strong interest in using Cartoon Network as a pedagogical tool...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
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